Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia

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Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price

Address: 2027 Fair mount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130, United States

Phone: 1215-2363300

Ticket Price: 12 USD

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Time Required: 02:00 Hrs

Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

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This was probably one of the world’s most influential prisons. When it was built, it was the largest publicly managed building ever. It’s famous for its wagon wheel design – something that prisons in the US and the world over came to adopt. Though it claimed that it was setting the way for better prisoner reform, it’s today widely reviled as a spot where brutal torture was inflicted on prisoners for various infractions. The idea was to reform prisoners through a strict policy of solitary confinement and isolation – an idea that was abandoned as the prison became too crowded. Visitors are on tour tend to go visit the historic cell blocks, especially Al Capone’s restored 19th-century cell. Other exhibits outline thrilling escapes and surprisingly – some rather terrific art. A national historic landmark now, the spooky corridors of this place make it one of the most visited buildings in the country. In Halloween especially the Terror in The Walls event is said to be one of the best haunted house experience in the country!

Eastern State Penitentiary Information

  • Visit on Halloween.

Eastern State Penitentiary Ticket Prices

  • Senior Citizens (62+): USD10
  • Students: USD 8
  • Kids (Age 7 - 12): USD 8

How To reach Eastern State Penitentiary by Public Transport

  • Buses on Brown St.
  • Aspen St.
  • Fairmount Avenue

Restaurants Near Eastern State Penitentiary

  • Jack’s Firehouse
  • Zorba’s Tavern
  • Urban Saloon
  • London Grill
  • Fare

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  • First time visiting ESP and Philly. This was quite an educational visit to ESP and found the history more interesting than the paranormal based background that I have previous seen on various television shows. The audio tour was great and how do beat one done by the great Steve Buscemi? You do the tour at your own pace and one can easily spend two hours here like we did. Fascinating and offbeat, and at the same time very informative. Potentially haunted? Maybe, draw your own conclusions there. But if you are ever gonna go to prison in your life then make sure to visit ESP or Alcatraz. Parking: paid parking is a short walk away and makes for a good hub location so that you can then go to the Rocky steps and check out the statues nearby, and other closer sites.

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  • It was my first time visiting and I had such a great time. All of the guides and employees were super friendly and educated about the prison. We went on a guide led tour and you have options of other tours included with your admission which isn't expensive at all. The gift shop is surprisingly cheaper than most as well. Also we were able to wander around and take pictures after the tour on our own and it was nice exploring by ourselves too. Love this place and the history! P. S. It really makes you think about the state of current prisons.

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  • Good history and well detailed with story boards and the audio players. Would be helpful if the kids running the place had mandatory training or book history to read about the prison. Most kids know very little about prison history. Otherwise 4 stars. Note to management: please train your workers because it would make it a better experience.

  • A real gem in Philly that I visited for the first time today. You could easily spend 2 hours here. There is plenty to see. The admission price included a headset for an audio tour which was really informative. Not too interactive but plenty to see. Al Capone also has a prison cell here, the first prison synagogue is here. Nice staff as well.

  • Visited Philly for the first time and decided to go here. The employees were friendly were able to educate us on the history of the place . Love visiting potentially haunted places and had fun learning about it. The gift shop sold good things for a reasonable price. Would recommend anyone to go for a tour and learn something new!

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